Clinical Challenges in Opioid Management: Balancing Safety and Efficacy

Fairfax, Virginia
Friday, February 26, 2016

February 26, 2016
7:30am-5:00pm (registration: 7:30-8am, course starts at 8am)

Free Parking will be available in Lot K

Jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and SAMHSA and held in collaboration with George Mason University SBIRT Team

Clinical Challenges in Opioid Management: Balancing Safety and Efficacy
Friday, February 26, 2016 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

George Mason University, Fairfax Campus
Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall South
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
United States

Map and Directions
Do you work with individuals taking opioid medications?
If so, this course is for you!

Target Audience
The course is designed for all clinicians practicing in primary care settings — physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants and others — who prescribe opioid medications and who care for patients receiving opioid medications.

Course Description

Each year, millions of patients are treated for a variety of serious medical conditions with prescriptions drugs. This free SAMHSA-sponsored course will provide specific knowledge and skills associated with safe prescribing of opioids, including balancing optimal pain relief and preventing inappropriate use of opioid analgesics.

Learning Objectives
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
  1. Describe the nature of chronic pain and options for its treatment.
  2. Select patients who are appropriate candidates for opioid management of chronic pain.
  3. Define risk factors for potential misuse, abuse, and diversion of prescribed opioid medications.
  4. Recognize the importance of consistent screening for risk prior to prescribing.
  5. Outline a time-efficient method of conducting risk screening.
  6. Follow an evidence-based protocol for starting patients on opioid analgesic therapy, including safely initiating and titrating opioids.
  7. Monitor patients’ response to opioids and address problems such as inadequate response to treatment.
  8. Recognize problematic or aberrant drug-taking behaviors and be able to distinguish unintentional misuse, pseudoaddiction, or chemical coping from deliberate misuse, abuse, and diversion.
  9. Outline a time-efficient approach to dealing appropriately with aberrant drug-taking behaviors, including referral to specialized addiction treatment programs when indicated.
  10. Provide appropriate care and counsel for patients and their families. 


Jacqueline Tulsky, MD
Emeritus Professor of Medicine, HIV/AIDS Division at San Francisco General Hospital, University of California, San Francisco, and Diplomat, Board of Addiction Medicine

Stephen Wyatt, DO
Medical Director of Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health Service Line, Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, NC

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. The existence or absence of COI for everyone in a position to control content will be disclosed to participants prior to the start of each activity.

Physician Continuing Medical Education
Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and SAMHSA. The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians

Credit Designation
The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Nursing Continuing Medical Education
      Accreditation Statement
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

Credit Designation
This educational activity for 7.5 contact hours is provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine.

Americans with Disabilities Act
Event staff will be glad to assist you with any special needs (e.g., physical, dietary). Please contact Anne Leopold prior to the live event at (240) 645-4135.

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